Catalogued here are two survey drawings showing the Treasury as existing before 1818 and five drawings with designs for alterations to the staircase in the Treasury. Of these 'Design No 3' (drawings  and ) was chosen, and it is this configuration that is shown in the plans of the Treasury buildings reproduced in the Survey of London, Vol. XIV, plates 83 and 84. The staircase, still surviving, is described by Ptolemy Dean as 'very plain, with cantilevered stone and with simple iron balustrading' (P. Dean, op. cit., p. 235).
M. H. Cox and P. Norman (eds), Survey of London: Vol. XVI: St. Margaret, Westminster, Part III , 1931; J. M. Crook and M. H. Port (eds), The History of the King's Works: Vol. VI: 1782-1851, 1973, pp. 549-51.
Tom Drysdale, January 2015
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Contents of London: Treasury Building, Whitehall: surveys and designs for alterations to the staircase, 1818 (7)
-  Survey drawing of the first floor of the Treasury building
-  Survey drawing of the mezzanine floor of the Treasury building
-  Surveys of the staircase, 1818
-  Design (No 1) for alterations to the staircase
-  'Design No 2' for alterations to the staircase
-  'Design No 3' for alterations to the staircase
-  'Design No 3' for alterations to the staircase showing the galleries of communication